The rules of the game say you can play this game with a standard deck of cards or with a Lost Cities deck. It's funny because those two decks would probably play quite differently, as with one more suit (the Lost City deck has 5 suits) the chance of getting 3 cards with the same number is higher than with 4 suits. Also, with more suits, getting three consecutive cards of the same suit seems more difficult.
That's why in the Spanish translation I took the liberty to add that the game could be also played with a Spanish deck of cards (40 cards with numbers from 1 to 7 plus three figure cards ). First, many Spanish decks come with extra cards so that they actually have the 52 cards, like the standard deck, but even with the 40 cards, the game will be quite playable. It's just that the ratio of numbered cards to face cards is different. This could change the game a bit, with players attacking more, but I don't think it will be a bigger difference than between the standard deck and the Lost Cities deck.
Edit: Hmm... I was sure I had added the bit about the Spanish deck, but it seems I just thought about it because it's not there :) Still, I think I should add it in...
- Sounds interesting. There is another thing that could be done, which would also strongly alter the game. It involves using round playing cards (hard to find, but my parents found some while they were on holiday) and playing on a hexagonal grid. I don't know how much it would change the game, as it would make creating power blocks easier. Could be interesting to try, though. You could fake the hexagonal grid by offsetting alternate rows (like laying bricks), but that would be harder to look at. --Lardarse 03:14, 22 March 2008 (EDT)
- Oh, I love the idea of a hexagonal tiling of circular cards! I agree that it might make it too easy to get power blocks, though. For suited runs, you could require a set of four. But four-of-a-kind seems draconian. Maybe that's when you need the fifth suit in a Lost Cities arrangement. Oops: a circular deck with five suits? You'd probably have to make your own. 8-( --Carthoris 17:34, 27 December 2011 (UTC)